News of the WeekCHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Neuroscience Institute Breaks New Ground

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Science  08 Jan 1999:
Vol. 283, Issue 5399, pp. 150-151
DOI: 10.1126/science.283.5399.150b

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The Chinese Institute of Neuroscience, which won final approval from the government in November as part of a massive reorganization of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, will enjoy considerable autonomy from its parent and a budget that will allow up to 30 senior scientists to operate their labs to Western standards. Most striking of all, however, is the government's commitment to a hands-off management policy: The institute can recruit throughout China as well as around the world and can set its own administrative policies on everything from ordering supplies and equipment to letting grad students burn the midnight oil.